Interview

MRG

Bilingual emcee MRG is ready to bring his Dominican influenced sound to the world (Interview)

Hip-hop is never devoid of creativity. To turn heads in 2017, artists have to stand out from the pack with a new spin on the genre, superior musical ability, or some other method of trendsetting. Latino emcee MRG, who hails from Queens, stands poised to make his own mark. The Westvilla Music signee has released . . .

J.I.D. Talks Spillage Village, Sports, Life Lessons, and Cousin Stizz (Interview)

J.I.D. talks Spillage Village, sports, life lessons, and Cousin Stizz (Interview)

If you’ve ever been to New England in the winter, you know that the weather is no joke. When I hit Boston for my first J.I.D. concert experience, I wasn’t surprised to see a line wrapped around the block. I knew that the young king had a very dedicated fanbase and had been creating quite . . .

can't wait

Premiere: D.C.’s own Tone P delivers the go-go remix of Jill Scott’s “Can’t Wait”

Go-go has provided the rhythm for multiple generations of D.C. natives, but it has yet to draw the sustained national attention that other regional genres of music have enjoyed over the years. With efforts such as his Black Alley-assisted remix of Jill Scott’s “Can’t Wait,” veteran producer Tone P stands poised to shift that narrative. . . .

fool's gold go-go remix

Premiere: Stream the official go-go remix of Jill Scott’s 2015 single; “Fool’s Gold”

We felt the go-go influence in Jill Scott’s “It’s Love,” a standout from her 2000 debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. We saw her collaborate with Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go himself, before his passing. Jilly From Philly has seen fit to tap into D.C.’s unique rhythm-driven genre of . . .

Premiere: Watch arthur gallery’s Sampha-inspired short film, “rAw”

Artistic Manifesto is proud to premier rAw, the latest short film conceived by California-based artist, arthur gallery. On 6/10, arthur debuted the film to an audience of rough 80 Bay Area artists, creators, influencers and shakers during a live viewing party. To celebrate the film’s digital debut, Artistic Manifesto reached out for an exclusive interview. . . .

deejay element

Deejay Element speaks on his DJ career and artistic pursuits

If you don’t have a 9 to 5 dead end career by now don’t let your puritanical baby boomer relatives or sycophant gen-xers know you’re eating avacado toast. Chasing passions outside the corporate structure is a balancing act between thrill and security, passion and obligation. In the end everything is work, the denominator is whether . . .

darius moreno

Meet Darius Moreno, the artist behind GoldLink’s animated “Meditation” video

I walked into Harlem Public on 149th and Broadway, very sure of the direction this piece would take. My mission: sit down with the visual artist behind GoldLink’s latest hit “Meditation,” which was produced by Kaytranada and featured Jazmine Sullivan. I’d ask him about the inspiration behind the visuals, what the process was like, and . . .

Alpman

Turkish musician Alpman uses psychedelic rock and funk to “fight back” (Interview)

“Music is the only way for me to live. It’s the only thing I really know. This is how I fight back.” Music can be remarkably expressive—reflecting the world at times, while also serving as a way to escape reality. Alpman’s music has a degree of cinematic thrill that allows listeners to accomplish the latter. . . .

Javeon discusses “Control” and the challenges of multi-genre artistry

You’d be forgiven for thinking Javeon was raised on house music. After getting a start with garage joints and songs with fellow Bristolian Julio Bashmore, the budding night club emcee and singer soon found himself rising to the forefront of house’s new generation of vocalists. Following a string of successful releases with some of the . . .

Jeezy
Interview Oct 31  |  

Jeezy discusses ‘Trap Or Die 3’ on Sway In The Morning (Video)

Jeezy is on the back of the release of his Trap or Die 3 album and word has it it is expected to shift 60k in the first week. To continue promoting the project, the self-proclaimed “snowman” sat down with Sway for an in-depth interview. The topic of conversation was of course the album itself, . . .

mir fontane

Mir Fontane talks New Jersey, creativity, and musical inspiration (Interview)

Something has been brewing on the southside of Jersey and it’s become clear that Camden artist, Mir Fontane, has an opportunity to play a big role in it. He has had quite a journey to this moment and his outlook is positive. From the high flying regional hit “Wanni Wag” to an invite to visit . . .

burman
InterviewNew Music Aug 29  |  

Is @BurmanFree the best rapper in Nashville? #TheTwitterMixtape

If you listen to Burman (@BurmanFree) rap, it’s pretty easy to see that he has all the tools of a star in the making. Bars, charisma, and the ability to construct a quality song, front to back. Burman submitted “Last”, the 1st single from @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape, and never has elevator music been molded into something so . . .

InterviewNew Music Aug 24  |  

Nigeria, stand up! @lexi_sugar’s “Reach The Stars” is a standout on @TheMixCrew’s #TheTwitterMixtape

A Maryland transplant with Nigerian soul, @Lexi_Sugar, provided “Reach The Stars” for #TheTwitterMixtape. If you listen to most albums, you save the most uplifting, inspiring song for last, and inspiration is exactly what Lexi brings to the project. Relaxed vocals and calming production encourage the listener to never give up on what means most to them, . . .

camjamesmusic
InterviewNew Music Aug 23  |  

Hey. @camjamesraps doesn’t care about your feelings. #TheTwitterMixtape

Undoubtedly the hardest track on @TheMixCrew‘s #TheTwitterMixtape, A-Town resident Cam James (@camjamesraps) submitted “F.Y.F”, a song that proves has little regard for the people he may have had in mind over the course of the recording. Depth and emotion over a hard ass track tends to be a winner most times, and this song is . . .

haasan barclay
InterviewNew Music Aug 10  |  

It’s clear that @haasanbarclay is the most eclectic artist on #TheTwitterMixtape

A personal favorite, and one of the first songs accepted for the final tracklisting is @HaasanBarclay‘s “Get You, Right?” Barclay has a knack for catchy melodies, strong hooks, and lyrics that may require several listens. Trust us; it’s a good thing. Get to know more about the Boston native below. How did you hear about #TheTwitterMixtape? I . . .